Tsali Trails Horseback Riding

The 13th most popular equestrian trail in North Carolina.

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Southwest of Asheville and Bryson City, the famous Tsali loops are Left Loop (11.9 mi.), Right Loop (11 mi.), Thompson Loop (7.7 mi.), and Mouse Branch Loop (6.5 mi.). These trails are shared by mountain bikers and horseback riders -- two loops are open each day to the respective riding groups.

To reach the trailhead from Asheville, head west on US40 towards Cherokee. Continue on US19 through Cherokee and Bryson City. Turn right heading west on SR28 for 3.5 miles. Turn right on forest road heading north. Continue to end of road.

Note, this region is pretty much shutdown during off-season (Nov.-Mar.), including campgrounds and cabins.

Overall, Tsali Trails is the 13th most popular horse trail of all 18 horseback rides in North Carolina. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Tsali Trails including Noland Divide Trail and Biltmore Estate.

Tsali Trails Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  NNF (828) 258-6101; North Carolina Tourism (919) 733-4171.

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Tsali Campground; Nantahala Outdoor Center (828) 488-2175.

Luxury Loding:  Nantahala Village Resort

Breakfast Restaurant:  Rivers End Restaurant, Nantahala

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc/

GPS:  35.372, -83.57

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  8/18/2016

ID:  15755

Tsali Trails Horseback Riding Map


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